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Snyder Drug plans new store in Hudson

Snyder Drug Stores Inc. is joining the competition for Hudson's pharmacy business.

Last Thursday night, the city's Plan Commission recommended approval of concept development plans for a 12,150-square-foot drug store at 131 Carmichael Road, immediately north of the Target store.

Roger Johnson of a Twin Cities engineering firm represented Snyder Drug Stores at the meeting.

Johnson said the design of the building would match "the spirit" of the neighboring buildings, which include the Marketplace East strip mall and a Culver's restaurant that is under construction.

The exterior of the building will have colored, sculpted, rock-faced block at the bottom, with decorative block above it, he said. Customers will enter the store through a portico facing Carmichael Road.

"This is an attractive building," Johnson commented.

He said Snyder Drug doesn't have a template store, but custom designs buildings for each location.

Commissioners discussed whether a planned canopy over a pickup window on the south side of the building would require a variance from setback regulations. They decided in the end to delay a decision on the matter until the company returns with the final development plan.

Commissioners also inquired about signage and the trees that will be planted on the site.

Community Development Director Dennis Darnold, adviser to the Plan Commission, said following the meeting that he wasn't sure whether Snyder Drug intends to begin construction of the store this year.

More business plans

The commission delayed consideration of concept development plans for two buildings at the northeast corner of Carmichael and Hanley roads that Eagle Valley Bank has proposed.

Darnold said he needed to discuss a couple of issues with the bank's engineers before he could recommend approval of the plan.

Eagle Valley Bank, headquartered in St. Croix Falls, is proposing construction of a 7,932-square-foot branch bank and office building, plus a second 5,130-square-foot commercial building. The meeting agenda indicated Derrick Companies will construct the buildings.

JTB Properties, a limited liability partnership, received a favorable recommendation for its proposed four-lot commercial development just south of the proposed Eagle Valley branch bank. The development is at the southeast corner of Carmichael and Hanley roads.

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Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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